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"Genghis Khan Siege Coin" Ring.

Sorry, this ring is sold....however we may still have another similar one in your size.

Here’s a handmade plain Sterling Silver Ring, featuring an old Bronze Islamic Period Coin from Central Asia.

But when we look a little closer, it’s a rather special coin minted in Kurzuwan, in what is now Northern Afganistan, while the city was under seige by Genghis Khans’ Armies.

Known now as “Genghis Khan Siege Coins” these copper “dirham” issued by the Malik of Kurzuwan, date to 1221 AD (618 AH)
Sadly it didn’t go well for that city (and many others.)

1220 and 1221 AD weren’t very good years in Central Asia.

When Genghis Khan destroyed Samarkand in 1220, the Khorezm Shah fled west, leaving the cities of Afghanistan to organise their own defence. This coin was struck during the siege of the city of Kurzuwan, by its hastily elected and short lived ‘king’ (malik). (Was it a morale boost or an overinflated ego that minted coins to celebrate his title? Although with this coin he has achieved immortality!)

It seems the Muslims of Khorezm had sent a caravan to the Mongols which was well received.
When the Mongols returned the favor it entered Khorezm in the territory of the governor Inalchuk, a relative of the Sultan, who on a pretext had the merchants robbed and executed.
Genghis sent an embassy to demand redress, the envoys were sent home by the Sultan with insults.
The Sultan thought himself secure within his Empire, it was a fatal error.

When confronted by the Mongols the word was basically “Submit or Die!” But if you’d already made waves it was a little too late.

When the city finally fell (it possibly only lasted two months or even weeks as coins dating to only two months exist) all the inhabitants were massacred around July of that year (leaving only an empty ruin inhabited by wild dogs, according to subsequent travellers).

This coin has survived buried since then and has a milky green patina gently contrasting with the raised dull writing surrounded with the bright new silver. (Incidently, we had the silver hand made for us in Indonesia.)

When this silver eventually oxidizes just give it a gentle polish with a dry Silver Polishing Cloth.

Don’t dip or polish the coins, you’ll only rub off the patina, revealing a fresh shiny copper underneath.

Remember, even when two coins have been struck from the same die, they vary.
This is because to produce a coin in ancient times a slug of red hot metal was struck between two engraved bronze dies.
The hot slug then squished out of shape between them, taking the detail onto its surface, deforming horizontally in the process.
Perfectly duplicated, matching designs and shapes indicate casting from a single original, which is not the case with these coins.

This stylishly plain ring is for a finger size “O” AUS (US 7)

Just wonderful for those who want something a little different, what a conversation starter….
or a perfect gift for that special someone.

Please note stock of these is becoming very limited.

There may also be some of the rings listed under Antiques & Antiquities, as the coin itself is so old.

Age: Contemporary Sterling, using coins from 1221 AD.

Size: Diameter 20 mm across the face/coin. Finger “O” (US 7)

Weight: 9 grams.